Redskins Draft Pick Profile: Trent Murphy

Posted on May 12, 2014 by Paul Williams

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No 47 overall

Trent Murphy, DE/OLB, Stanford

  • Height: 6'5"  
  • Weight: 250 lbs.
  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.85
  • 20 Yard Split: 2.71
  • 10 Yard Split: 1.65
  • 225 Bench: 19
  • Vertical: 35.5
  • Broad Jump: 9'10"

Awards:

- Pre-season All-American second teams: SI.com Phil Steele Athlon Sports

- Pre-season All-PAC-12: Phil Steele Athlon Sports Lindy's All Pac-12

- Stanford Team Captain

- Award watch list and semifinalist: Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Award, Butkus Award, Rotary Lombardi Award 

- Stanford's co-Defensive Player of the Game: vs San Jose State, vs Washington State, vs Oregon State 

- PAC-12 Defensive Player of the Week, October 7 and again October 28 

- Stanford's Jack Huston Award for exceptional performance and unheralded efforts, second year running.

- Stanford's Frank Rehm Memorial Award presented to the Outstanding Lineman in the Big Game.

- Post-season All Pac-12 teams: ESPN.com Athlon Sports Second Team Sporting News

- Post-season All American Second teams; Associated Press CBSSports.com  USA Today Athlon Sports 

- Post-season All American First teams: Walter Camp Football Foundation American Football Coaches Association Football Writers Association of America Sporting News SI.com, ESPN.com

- Based on the votes for All-American honors, "Murphy is Stanford's first consensus defensive player since 1974" 

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Photo Credit: Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group

Strengths:

  • Very stout at the point of attack. Doesn't allow blockers to move him from his position against the run.
  • Surprisingly fluid hips when asked to turn and run with a receiver
  • Has great hands when engaging blockers. Uses club, swim and rip move well when attacking the quarterback. Also has an impressive spin and shoulder dip move to shed blockers.

Weakness:

  • Classic "tweener".
  • Doesn't possess elite speed off the edge that many teams covet from 3-4 outside linebackers
  • Needs to add muscle to his frame to survive the punishment of a 16 game NFL season.

Analysis:

I LOVE this pick. The common fan probably shrugs their shoulders at Trent Murphy due to unfamiliarity, but you can't simply turn your nose up at the best defensive player on one of college football's best defensive teams

The elite teams of the NFC (San Francisco, Seattle & Carolina specifically) deploy a physical smash-mouth brand of football, especially in the trenches. Bringing in Jason Hatcher, as well as drafting Trent Murphy, Morgan Moses and Spencer Long would suggest that the Redskins are trying to follow that trend. And while Trent Murphy isn't the most athletic player at outside linebacker, no one can question his toughness and physicality. 

The 2013 All-American has the reputation of having a play-through-the-whistle mentality and always has his motor running. Murphy has the type of work ethic and high football IQ that not only makes up for his lack of pure athleticism, but makes him a star pupil for coaches to work with and coach up. 

The best part about the selection here is that it will give the Redskins flexibility next year with Brian Orakpo. To keep #98 in the fold in 2015, the Redskins will either have to extend him long term or slap the franchise tag on him again, both of which are expensive options. Good franchises have the foresight to start thinking about replacing expensive players a year too early rather than year too late. It will be nice to have an extra pass rusher on the field on passing downs, which I am sure is in the Redskins plans this Fall. But when Orakpo's contract is up at season's end, the Redskins can opt to let the veteran walk and plug in Murphy as his younger (and cheaper) replacement. 

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